An­da­nar: Abella stays with Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion

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COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar con­firmed Fri­day that Un­der­sec­re­tary Ernesto Abella is still part of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion and he is not get­ting fired.

An­da­nar said Abella was only re­moved as Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's spokesper­son but he is still an un­der­sec­re­tary.

"Ernie (Abella) was not re­moved as an un­der­sec­re­tary. He is still an Un­der­sec­re­tary. And he will still serve un­der this ad­min­is­tra­tion. So that is what's im­por­tant," he said in a ra­dio in­ter­view.

On Oc­to­ber 29, Duterte said it was his "per­sonal de­ci­sion" to re­place Abella with Kabayan party-list Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Harry Roque.

Duterte, in an in­ter­view in Davao City, be­lieved that Roque was "com­pe­tent and able" to serve as his spokesper­son.

"It's in the mes­sag­ing ac­tu­ally. We can­not speak the same words al­to­gether but how we could con­vey that mes­sage from me would be the most im­por­tant. I trust that he'd (Roque) be able to come up to the ex­pec­ta­tions," he said.

Roque will of­fi­cially as­sume his new po­si­tion on Novem­ber 6.

In the same in­ter­view, the Pres­i­dent re­fused to an­swer, when asked if Abella would be given an­other post in the govern­ment.

An­da­nar, how­ever, said the for­mer pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son would still "have a place un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion."

"Ernie (Abella) will stay with the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Wher­ever Pres­i­dent Duterte will place him, it's still the Pres­i­dent's pre­rog­a­tive. But I'm sure that Ernie will have some­thing. He will have a place un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion," the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary said.

Abella ear­lier is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing sup­port for his suc­ces­sor.

"It is clear that the Pres­i­dent has very sure in­stincts and that [in­com­ing spokesper­son] Roque meets his ex­pec­ta­tions," Abella said in a state­ment.

Abella be­lieved Roque could help the Pres­i­dent re­lay to the pub­lic his policies and pro­grams that are ben­e­fi­cial to the coun­try. (Ruth Abbey Gita/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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